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Marc Voicechovski MS, ATC, CES 

Marc joins the Asia Pacific Athletic Trainers Society via UNIS High School in Hanoi Vietnam.  Marc has been an athletic trainer for ten years and has experience working in the school, industrial and outpatient clinic settings. He is the first athletic trainer for UNIS. Marc comes to Vietnam from New Jersey and has a wife and two cats. 

 

Member Spotlight Interview Questions:  

Where did you come from (work history)? 

  • I was born and raised in northern New Jersey, just outside New York City. After graduating from a local university, I began work as a clinic/outreach Athletic Trainer in Westchester, NY. I worked in a PT clinic and served as the Head Athletic Trainer at a nearby high school. After that, I accepted a job at an all-boys private school in New Jersey and was there for 8 years until I saw the job posting on NATA for a new position in Vietnam. I also worked part-time as an Industrial Athletic Trainer while I was working at the private school. As an Industrial AT I was servicing Anheuser-Busch in Jersey City, NJ where I treated the beer delivery drivers and helpers that had a pretty grueling job. 

What do you enjoy most about international athletic training? 

  • So far I’ve enjoyed teaching others about what an athletic trainer is and does. Since I’m the first in Vietnam, as far as we know, it’s taken a considerable amount of time to educate the community but it’s rewarding spreading the word of athletic training internationally. It’s also great working with student-athletes from around the world and learning their history. 

Tell us a little about your family 

  • My wife, Cydny, is here with me in Vietnam. She’s not teaching full-time but will be working seasonally teaching a competitive dance team and choreographing the high school play here at the United Nations International School. We don’t have any children but we do have 2 cats that can keep us pretty busy. One was adopted here in Vietnam and the other flew with us all the way from New York! Both of our extended families reside in either New Jersey or California so when we go back we’re going to be pretty busy visiting everyone. 

What is your proudest moment as an athletic trainer? 

  • My proudest moment as an athletic trainer so far has been landing this position at the United Nations International School. All my previous positions have been established before I arrived so this is the first time starting a position from scratch. From ordering all the new equipment, designing the athletic training room, educating the community, etc.--all while moving abroad for the first time. This past year has been incredibly stressful and demanding but it’s also been the most fun.  

If Hollywood made a movie about your life who would you cast to play you? 

  • The only person that comes to mind would be Keanu Reeves! He would need to shave his head though. I’ve been told that I’m pretty laid back but I love extreme sports such as snowboarding, rock climbing, and anything that pretty much scares the heck out of me. I think he could play me well. 

If you could only drink 1 beer for the rest of your life what would it be? Or if you could eat only 1 food dish every day for dinner, for a year, what would you eat? 

  • It would have to be a Belgium Blond beer called Delirium Tremens, which I’m still searching for here in Hanoi. Even though it’s unhealthy, the only thing I could possibly eat everyday for dinner for 1 year would have to be pizza. I grew up with some of the best pizza in the world so it’s tough to choose anything else. 

What is 1 thing you couldn’t live without? 

  • Besides my incredible wife, of course, I think it would be my rock climbing gear. Sounds crazy but I can’t imagine the idea of never being able to climb again. Climbing has been a huge part of my life and has taken me all over the world, I won’t be able to give it up. Yes, I could totally live without my phone! 

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why? 

  • How could I choose just one?! I’m gonna cheat a bit and give you my top 3. For the rugged landscape and natural beauty it would be Iceland.  For food and culture Portugal. For fun-loving people and amazing exploring, it has to be Lombok, Indonesia. Wow, that was tough. 

What is something you learned in the last week? 

  • This past weekend I took a motorbike to a national park in Vietnam and was forced to use my very limited Vietnamese vocabulary. It was here that I learned how to properly order chicken in Vietnamese because the first attempt yielded just a plate full of chicken feet! Nothing against chicken feet but it doesn’t exactly hit the spot after a long day on a motorbike. 

What athletic training chore do you absolutely hate doing? 

  • Inventory! Inventory! Inventory! I can’t think of anything more mundane and annoying than just keeping track of supplies. Not a major part of my position but it still grinds my gears. 

What is the coolest (most important) trend you see today? 

  • I think the most important trend is how concussions are becoming a treatable injury. A lot of research is being done to hammer down the parameters that could help speed up recovery. It will be nice to be able to introduce exercise and actually reduce signs & symptoms to return to play earlier. 

 

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Hailey Rock LAT, ATC 

Hailey Rock joins the Asia Pacific Athletic Trainers Society via the Kunlun Red Star Vanke Rays a Professional Women's Hockey team in Shenzhen China. Hailey has been an athletic trainer since 2018. She is from Hammond Wisconsin and earned her BS in Athletic Training from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.  She has experience working in the high school setting.  

 

Member spotlight Interview Questions:  

Where did you come from (work history)?  

  • Prior to my position here in China, I worked as a LAT for the Marshfield Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, WI at Eau Claire North High School.  

What do you enjoy most about international athletic training?  

  • I most enjoy experiencing a new culture and learning new languages.   

Tell us a little about your family?   

  • My family and I are from a very small close knit town. We are very close and enjoy spending of lots of time together. We love sports, especially hockey and enjoy the outdoors. I also have a dog named Max who loves playing fetch! 

What made you want to become an international athletic trainer?   

  • If you would have asked me a year ago if I would ever work internationally I would have said absolutely not! Then in June I was offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with a professional women's team and the sport I love. Now I couldn't be happier about my decision to become an international athletic trainer. 

What is your proudest moment as an athletic trainer?  

  • My proudest moment would be stepping outside of my comfort zone and accepting my job here in China.  

If Hollywood made a movie about your life who would you cast to play you?   

  • Melissa McCarthy. She's hilarious! 

If you could only drink 1 beer for the rest of your life what would it be?  

  • Busch Lite  

What is 1 thing you couldn’t live without?  

  • Since I don't have my dog with me in China, I would have to pick Chocolate. Definitely my weakness.  

 Where is the best place you have traveled to and why?   

  • This year I have traveled to so many places that I would never have seen myself ever doing. This year I have seen The Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City, The Red Square in Moscow, and even  beautiful Thailand. It is hard to choose which would be the best as they were all amazing in their own way! 

What is something you learned in the last week?  

  • I learned that Shenzhen, China can actually get cold! There have been some very hot days here in this city! It nice to finally enjoy some cooler weather.  

What athletic training chore do you absolutely hate doing?  

  • I absolutely hate filling water bottles!! 

What is the coolest(most important) trend you see today?  

  • The push for athletic trainers to be available at every high school. Previously working in the high school, I personally know how vital and important athletic trainers are for athletes, coaches, and parents. It's scary to see there are still so many schools without access to an athletic trainer! This trend needs to continue until every high school has access to an athletic trainer.  

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